2010-06-05 02:21:42 UTC
Denny's restaurants to return to Nashville
After a seven-year hiatus, Denny's is coming back to Nashville.
Longtime Nashville restaurateurs Craig Barber and Bob Langford, who
formerly worked for Denny's competitor Shoney's, have signed a deal to
open four Denny's restaurants in the Nashville area at Pilot Travel
Without divulging the locations, Barber said the first should open in
about six months.
"There aren't that many Denny's in Tennessee,'' Barber said. "I think
there are only three or four now in the state. We think it's going to
be a good opportunity for us and the brand."
The closest Denny's restaurant to Nashville has a Bowling Green, Ky.,
dress. The chain has some 1,500 restaurants across the country, but
Shoney's dominated here for decades.
Denny's is open 24 hours and features meals as low as $2 in a family
Up to 15 locations
Barber said he and Langford believe there is room to grow. They hope
to open 10 to 15 Denny's restaurants in the Nashville area over about
five years, most of them independent of truck stops.
The two business partners own 33 Denny's franchise locations, mostly
in Florida. They also own the Black-eyed Pea, a mostly Texas-focused
brand with 30 locations. There is one Black-eyed Pea restaurant in
Both Barber and Langford grew up in the Nashville area. Langford
graduated from Stratford High School and Barber from McGavock. They
spent some time trying to work on distressed restaurants. Their
company, Dynamic Management Co., owned the Barnhill's Buffet, which
filed for bankruptcy protection in 2007.
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